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Where It’s At! – June 7, 2012

Published June 7, 2012 in Where It's At

In this issue…
• TBS Gladstone Series – Robin Banks & Ken Whiteley TONIGHT
• Call For New Blues Talent!
• Concert Notes
• Kincardine, ON Harmonica Workshop
• Orillia Spring Blues Festival
• 1st Annual Sault Blues Festival
• Chicago Blues Festival
• Summer Blues Festivals
• Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience
• Save Money on TBS Events

TBS Gladstone Series – Robin Banks & Ken Whiteley TONIGHT

The Toronto Blues Society presents the best in blues talent the first Thursday of each month at the recently renovated Melody Bar in The Gladstone Hotel. Performances are free to the public and begin at 9pm. Robin Bank$ plays a duo show with Ken Whiteley Tonight

Call For New Blues Talent!

Attention emerging Canadian blues artists…The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is back! Six finalists will be chosen to perform at the finals taking place at Nathan Phillips Square during City of Toronto’s Tasty Thursdays on Thursday August 16, noon-2pm. The finalists will compete for a grand prize which includes a showcase at the Blues Summit Six, a performance at the Southside Shuffle Festival, a show at The Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub, a photo shoot with Bill King, recording/mixing time at Revolution Studios, and consultations with industry professionals!

Submissions are open now, and close on Friday June 15 at 5pm. You may submit through Sonicbids or send a physical package to the TBS office (Talent Search Submission, 910 Queen Street West, Suite B04, Toronto, ON, M6J 1G6) with a CD, one sheet, and a cheque for $15. Eligibility is limited to acts who are not on a major label, do not have a major distribution deal (i.e. not distributed to retail stores) and have not been chosen as a finalist in a past edition of the talent search. Finalists will receive a small honorarium.

Concert Notes

Robin Bank$ & Ken Whiteley (pictured) – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – June 7  |  JW Jones CD Release w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – June 7  |  Lucky Peterson w/Shawn Kellerman – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – June 9  |  Sue Foley & Peter Karp CD Release – Hugh’s Room – June 10  |  Chuck JacksonCD Release – The Rex Hotel – June 15  |  Erin McCallum CD Release – Kincardine Centre for the Arts – June 15  |  Cameo Blues Band CD Release – Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub – June 16  |  Tribute to Buddy Guy & Junior Wells w/Danny Marks, David Rotundo, Dylan Wickens, Douglas Watson – Hugh’s Room – June 21  |  Tedeschi Trucks Band – Toronto Jazz Festival – June 29  |  Sonny Landreth CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 6  |  Suzie Vinnick CD Release – Hugh’s Room – July 12  |  Danny Brooks – Hugh’s Room – July 18  |  Betty Richardson – Hugh’s Room – July 19  |  Buckwheat Zydeco – Hugh’s Room – July 25  |  Steve Strongman – Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar – Aug 2  |  The Black Keys – Molson Amphitheatre – Aug 4  |  Fathead – Hugh’s Room – Aug 10  |  JJ Grey & Mofro – Lee’s Palace – Aug 15  |  Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Finals – Nathan Phillips Square – Aug 16  |  Concert for Peace w/Michael Pickett – Sept 2  |  Bill Bourne – Hugh’s Room – Sept 11  |  Tribute to Etta James w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 13  |  Rita Chiarelli – Hugh’s Room – Sept 22  |  Paul James, Jack de Keyzer, Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Sept 26  |  Carlos del Junco – Hugh’s Room – Oct 19  |  Tribute to Willie Dixon w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Oct 27  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Oct 28  |  Susie Arioli – Hugh’s Room – Nov 1  |  Keb’ Mo’ – Koerner Hall – Nov 8  |  Tribute to Robert Johnson w/Danny Marks – Hugh’s Room – Nov 23  |  26th Toronto Blues Society Women’s Blues Revue – Massey Hall – Nov 24  |  Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee – Hugh’s Room – Nov 25

Kincardine, ON Harmonica Workshop

There are still a few spots left in the blues workshops taking place Aug 5-10. Only 8 students in total, so a very intimate setting to get lots of one on one attention from Carlos del Junco (harmonica, pictured), Robin Banks (vocal), or Rick Taylor (guitar). The bonus is getting to go to free concerts every night – (including one with Carlos del Junco, Rick Taylor and Robin Banks) and a beautiful beach. Yes, Lake Huron is nice and warm by this time, so definitely bring your bathing suit! For more info and to register go to

Orillia Spring Blues Festival

The Orillia Spring Blues Festival takes place June 7-10 in Couchiching Beach Park. The mainstage performers are: Booker T. Jones (pictured), Paul James Band, Jordan John & The Blues Angels, Mike McKenna/Lance Anderson, Justin Saladino, Curley Bridges, Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band, Jake and the Fundamentals, and Morgan Davis. For festival club listings go

1st Annual Sault Blues Festival

The 1st annual Sault Blues Festival takes place in Sault Ste. Marie’s Water Tower Pub June 6-9. The Festival kicks off with performances by Steve Strongman, David Rotundo (pictured), Julian Fauth, The Bebop Blues Band, Dirty River Band, Ladies Sing the Blues, and Jeff Holmes.

Chicago Blues Festival

Do you feel like travelling this weekend? The Chicago Blues Festival returns to Grant Park June 8-10 featuring Joe Louis Walker (pictured), Johnny Rawls, Big James and the Chicago Playboys, Rev KM Williams, L’il Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mavis Staples, Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang, Pistol Pete Band, Pat Brown, Eden Brent and many more!

Summer Blues Festivals

Check out these blues festivals and start planning for the warm weather!


Sault Blues Festival – June 6-9
Orillia Spring Blues Festival – June 7-10 
Chicago Blues Festival – June 8-10
Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival – June 7-18
Stratford Blues & Ribfest – June 22-24 Featuring Shakura S’Aida (pictured) and more!
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 22-July 1  
Montreal Jazz Festival – June 28-July 7
Ottawa Bluesfest – July 4-15
Porquis Blues Festival – July 6-8
Thunder Bay Blues Festival – July 6-8
Tremblant International Blues Festival – July 6-15
Lighthouse Blues Festival – July 13-14
London International Bluesfest – July 13-15
Windsor International Bluesfest– July 13-15
Frankford Island Blues Festival – July 13-15
Brantford Blues Festival – July 20-22
Beaches International Jazz Festival – July 20-29
Calgary International Blues Festival – July 30-August 5 
Donnacona Blues Festival – August 7-12
Kitchener Blues Festival – August 9-12
Dutch Mason Blues Festival – August 10-12
Festiblues – August 9-12
Calabogie Blues Festival – August 17-19
Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival – August 17-19
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival – August 17-19
Underground Railroad Music Festival – August 18
Limestone City Blues Festival – August 23-26
Edmonton Blues Festival – August 24-26
Wasaga Beach Blues Festival – August 24-26
Southside Shuffle – September 7-9
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival – September 11-16 

Mississippi Tourism: Golf & Blues Experience

Love Golf? Love Blues? Get the best of both worlds with the Mississippi Tourism’s International Golf & Blues Experience! Hosted by Chuck Jackson, the next trip takes Oct 7-13 in Tunica, MS. To learn more, find out about TBS group rates and to book your trip, go to

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